Multiple Parts Of Eastern Ukraine Hit By Heavier Fighting, According To Ukrainian And Russian Reports
Both Ukrainian officials and the Russian Ministry of Defense have reported widespread military action in the east of Ukraine over the past 24 hours.
Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk regional military administration, said Russian missile strikes against the town of Kramatorsk had destroyed at least eight residential buildings and educational and infrastructural facilities.
“Artillery shelling along the entire front line did not stop all night. The enemy fired most intensely in the Mariinka, Avdiivka, and Ocheretyne directions,” Kyrylenko said.
All three towns have suffered extensive bombardment in recent weeks but remain under Ukrainian control.
“No civilian casualties have been reported so far, but many houses have been damaged and electricity and gas supplies have been disrupted,“ Kyrylenko said.
In neighboring Luhansk, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said that on Sunday, Russian forces “fired mortars, artillery, and multiple rocket launchers at Severodonetsk, Rubizhne, Kreminna, Lysychansk, Popasna, Hirske, and Zolote.”.“The enemy is deliberately targeting multi-storey and private households,“ it added.
“Due to the shelling, 29 settlements remain without electricity, 38 settlements are without gas supply … There is no water supply in Rubizhne, Popasna.“
These cities and towns form a cluster of urban settlements that have been the Ukrainian front line for several weeks and have suffered extensive damage. Ukrainian officials estimate that 70% of Severodonetsk has been destroyed.
Despite the fighting, some evacuations have continued successfully.